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USCG Station Burlington


1 Depot St., Burlington, VT 05401

In Burlington, the summers are warm, the winters are freezing, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 12°F to 81°F and is rarely below -6°F or above 89°F.


The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 26 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 70°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 81°F and low of 63°F.


The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 3 to March 13, with an average daily high temperature below 38°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 12°F and high of 28°F.


The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from April 29 to October 13, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 43% on July 7.


The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from October 13 to April 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 19% on February 4.

Lake Champlain - Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

Cost of Living
The average cost of living index in Burlington, VT is 117, that puts it 6% higher than the average of Vermont and 17% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Burlington, VT, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Vermont as well as 7% higher than the nation’s average.

Getting to Know the Area
Vermont is a quiet state tucked away in the historic New England region of the United States. People who visit Burlington will be surprised to find it is filled with beautiful scenery and landscape. Vermont has mountains and great hiking venues – and it makes the perfect destination for a person looking to see some of the great outdoors while using a small town as their base.


Burlington, VT is an eccentric, collaborative, laid-back town on Lake Champlain. It’s got history, youth culture, a vibrant art and music scene and sustainable restaurants that rival the best in New York. And through it all, it’s breezy, welcoming – and home to some of the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet (and you’re likely to meet a lot of them).


Vermont’s largest city is compact and easy to explore. It’s picturesque downtown is centered around the pedestrian-only Church Street Marketplace and you’ll find the old-fashioned town square, ornate government buildings and an array of cafes, bars and shops.


Although the original Ben & Jerry’s is no longer, there is a branch on Church Street. Lake Champlain Chocolates is another made-in-Burlington must. The family business started on a truffle-making dare – and its latest creation, Blue Bandana Chocolate, is a line of exquisite, small-batch, bean-to-bar concoctions. It too has a shop on Church St.- or you can hit the factory on Pine Street for a sneak peek at the magic in action.


Burlington is anchored by Lake Champlain – a vast body of water that’s captivating as much for the mountains and trails surrounding it as for the possibility that Champ, its mythical lake monster, might be lurking. Look for him while riding along the waterfront bike path, before veering off on the “Cycle the City” trail – a 10-mile loop into majestic Ethan Allen Park.


North Beach is probably the most relaxing area of Burlington. In fact, with good weather it really can’t be beat as far as fresh water beaches go. North Beach is just north (go figure) of Burlington’s ‘downtown’. It has a nice sandy beach and an even nicer lake.


Check out these websites for a list of all of the great events going on in the area.  

Burlington Around Town
The Burlington Earth Clock
Waterfront Park Boardwalk